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Adult Orthodontics

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With the options for teeth alignment varying in length of correction time and noticeability, many adults are choosing orthodontic care. Metal braces are no longer the most popular method of straightening adult teeth; therefore many adults have found the confidence to improve their smiles. With “invisible options” such as Invisalign, Six Months Smiles, and Clear Braces adults can improve their smiles from a gentle approach.

Orthodontic alignment at a later stage in life can greatly improve your self-esteem, your appearance, and even your oral health. Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you, and it can say a lot about your personality. Are you confident and flash your smile or do your teeth make you feel self-conscious so that you hide behind closed lips? Talk to your Princeton dentist about orthodontic care that can help you bring back confidence to your face.

You may not be aware of this, but teeth that are not properly aligned can wear out much sooner than teeth with proper alignment. That is because teeth that consistently grate, push, or bump together will wear down the enamel causing your teeth to be susceptible to cavities and erosion. Also, gums that are irregularly exposed due to gaps in your teeth can lead to gingivitis and gum disease.

Choose today to make your smile healthy and something that you are proud to show off. Just because you are out of your teenage years does not mean that braces are no longer an option. It’s never too late to improve your smile!

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care



Gum Contouring

Some people will be unhappy with the appearance of their smile because they feel that their teeth are too small and their smile is  “gummy”.  Often what is going on is that the patient’s teeth are not too small, but the gum line is just too low, which makes the teeth appear small.  In many cases the gum line is not even as well.   In many cases a qualified Princeton dentist specializing in cosmetic dentistry can correct this by gum contouring surgery, utilizing either scalpels, a lasers or radiosurgery.

In general, the dentist will mark the new gum line and area to be contoured, which allows the patient to see where their new gum line will be after they heal from the procedure.  The dentist will then give the patient a local anesthetic to numb the area and minimize any discomfort.  The excess gum is then removed and contoured using scalpels, lasers or radiosurgery.

Once the procedure, which is done in the dentist’s office, is completed, the patient will be sent home with specific care instructions during the recovery period.  The exact time for the gums to heal will vary from patient to patient depending upon the amount of tissue removed and contoured.  In most cases the patient’s gums are completely healed within a couple of weeks.

The results of gum contouring are dramatic and greatly improve the patient’s self-confidence as well as their smile.  A qualified cosmetic dentist will be able to determine if you are a candidate for gum contouring to eliminate that gummy smile!

Posted on behalf of Prime Dental Care


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